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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on making the EU a captive-dolphin-free zone

Ivan Jakovčić, Jozo Radoš

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on making the EU a captive-dolphin-free zone  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to EU Strategy for the Protection and Welfare of Animals,

–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas the scientific evidence provided in various reports shows that dolphin survival rates are lower in captivity than in the wild;

B.  whereas negative health effects, stress and disturbing behaviour are common among dolphins in captivity;

C.  whereas the number of animals born in captivity does not meet the needs of dolphinariums; whereas, as a result, dolphinariums in the EU have links with groups involved in catching wild dolphins in cruel and brutal hunts;

D.  whereas several Member States, including the United Kingdom, Austria, Croatia and Slovenia, have forbidden the keeping of dolphins for commercial reasons;

1.  Calls on the Council and the Commission to take urgent steps in order to make the EU a dolphinarium-free zone;

2.  Calls on the Commission to encourage the Member States to enact strict legislation on the keeping of dolphins in captivity and plans to phase out national dolphinariums and not grant permits for the construction of any new dolphinariums;

3.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission and the governments and parliaments of the Member States.

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